Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In the bag.

The annual celebration of my birth was last week, and I wanted to give myself a little something. I'd been lugging around the same purse for two years and have had the same wallet for more years than I can count and I had fallen out of love with both of them. So, what's a girl to do? I fell back on my Pinterest addiction. I scoured posts for a free purse pattern and tute that wouldn't be too complicated and still fit my needs. I discovered The Madeline Purse tutorial by imagine gnats. I LOVED this tute. She made it so clear and simple, especially with something like installing a zipper pocket, which I had never done before.

Pretty in purple!

I have gotten a ton of compliments on this purse. I used mostly leftovers in my stash for this with the pretty purple petal (say that three times fast!) fabric coming from a baby quilt I made umpteen years ago, the trim of multicolored Maori dots is a scrap from my good buddy Jessica, and the lining was the leftover teal dots from the changing pad I wrote about last week. I love it. I may make more as gifts! :)

Part two of my birthday project was the wallet. Unfortunately the tutorial  I used was horribly written. So much so that the project took me twice as long as it should have because I kept having to re-read the instructions - that will teach me to read through ALL of the directions before I start on something. I'm not going to link to it because I don't want to cause you the same frustration. 

Wallet exterior. Not happy with the interior showing!

The exterior is a print from Tula Pink's Parisville collection. My sewing bud Brittany gave me a quarter yard of it for my birthday. I thought it was from her stash - but we'll get to that later. I was so terribly in love with this print that it hurt me to think I wouldn't be able to use it in anything else once I had started on the terrible wallet tute. I had thought about cutting my losses and scrapping the project. A quick web search showed that since this print came out in 2010 it is not very available - I did find a fat quarter on Etsy for $15... but that's way more than I'm willing to pay. So, I pushed on and finished it.

Inside with a coin pocket, a place for cards, and a slot for bills to the right.

I'm using the wallet, though I'm not incredibly happy with it. I will mention that I'm very happy I made the purse first, because I reused her zipper pocket tute for making the coin pocket. I'll probably track down another pattern in a project lull and try again. 

This past weekend Brittany and I took a trip out to Cool Cottons so I could experience the awesomeness and spend the gift certificate she had given me. On the way there I was telling her my story of woe with the Parisville print and she told me she had gotten it at Cool Cottons. I was giddy. When we got to the store I tracked down the bolt and finished it off to be mine all mine! Maybe it was a little greedy to take the full two yards? My excuse it that it's a great blender and has all of my favorite colors in it.

Have you ever used a favorite fabric on a project that was ultimately doomed?

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